California is speeding up executions. Clarence Ray Allen is next.
When first hearing about Clarence Ray Allen's case, both sides were investigated a little bit and the disturbing conclusion was reached that this would be a difficult case to argue about. Allen was in prison for life without parole
for the 1970's murder of a woman who gave him keys to a market that he robbed. She was killed allegedly because she was fingering him for the robbery.
He is accused of ordering the murders of one witness to that crime and two other employees of the same market while his original case was on appeal. Some accounts describe the other two victims as witnesses to the original crime, while another account describes the two as employees of the market.
Clarence Allen is currently 75 years old and will turn 76 one day before his scheduled execution. He is very infirm, has suffered from a heart attack and diabetes and uses a wheelchair. He will be forced to walk the final few feet to the death chamber at San Quentin.
The prosecution's case rests primarily on the testimony of some of the accomplices involved in the second crime. They have all since stated at one time or another that they lied at Mr. Allen's 2nd trial. That, plus the fact that Mr. Allen is
an American Indian has some very concerned that his execution is unjust. Others simply say that while there is no excuse for how the victims died, the death penalty is wrong and Mr Allen should be given Clemency. Governor Schwarzenegger has refused to hold any kind of Clemency hearing for Mr. Allen.
The prosecution is pushing for Mr. Allen's execution, stating that he demonstrates that keeping a man such as him alive is a threat to public safety (since he ordered the murders of people while he was in prison.)
For a rundown of these statements.
The State of CA's statement about the case can be viewed here:
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has prepared a statement here:
The Aclu has prepared statements here:
For fact sheets on the case of Mr Allen and the next person to be exectuted, Micheal Morales - February 2006, go here: www.deathpenalty.org/index.php
For insight on the case and the death penalty in CA, Check out the Free Radio Santa Cruz Rokin' The Boat interview at
There is a rally planned in San Francisco for Thursday Jan 12, 2006:
Date: January 5, 2006 5:43:37 PM PST
To: StopExecutionsCalifornia (at) yahoogroups.com
Please forward this to all appropiate list serves and contacts. I will be sending out an updated email in a few days when we have a more clear picture of who will be speaking.
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Press Conference/Rally to Stop The Execution of Clarence Ray Allen
Thursday, January 12, 2006 4:00 PM
The California State Building
Van Ness and McAllister
San Francisco, CA 94102
Stand with us as we say â€śNo!â€? to the State sponsored murder of Clarence Ray Allen.
Join Clarence Ray Allenâ€™s daughter and grandson as well as political leaders from around the Bay Area as we speak out against this execution.
DESPITE this manâ€™s age and poor health,
DESPITE the racism and flaws of the death penalty,
DESPITE the pending legislation that would halt all executions in California
Clarence Ray Allen, an American Indian, is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 am on January 17th.
We demand an end to the inhumane death penalty. After killing Stanley Tookie Williams on December 13th, the state is speeding up the pace of executions. After Clarence Ray Allen they will attempt to execute Michael Morales, and possibly
several more individuals in 2006. We need to build the movement to halt their execution machine!
For more information about the Press Conference/Rally contact Bob Matthews at damphouse (at) yahoo.com
Crystal Bybee at 510-333-7966.
For more information about Clarence Ray Allenâ€™s case go to http://aclunc.org/deathpenalty/allen.html
There is also going to be a rally at San Quentin the night of the execution. FOr the flyers about this check out:
Allenflyerfront.pdf (50 k)
Clarence Allen Flyer Front
allenfactsheetback.pdf (28 k)
Clarence Allen Flyer Back (fact sheet)
chat room will be hosted from 7PM Jan 16, 2005 until 1AM Jan 17, 2005 so that people can drop in and discuss the case. It is possible that KPFA may do a broadcast from San Quentin. If so, tune to
94.1 FM if you are in the Bay Area or catch the stream at www.kpfa.org
It is also quite likely that there will be the usual Death Penalty Focus vigil at the town clock in downtown Santa Cruz on the night of the execution (Monday Jan 16th until just after midnight Jan 17th).
PS: It is rumored that Kevin Cooper has been losing his latest appeals, so he may come up for execution again.